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Live coverage and analysis: The U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obama's health-care reform

Doctors protest against President Obama's health care reform in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning to uphold President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement so far - healthcare reform. The decision comes in middle of a heated presidential campaign, and America's political class and millions of ordinary people were looking to the Supreme Court to see which way it rules on the law.

The legal challenge was centred around the constitutionality of the so-called individual mandate, which compels Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a tax penalty. The Democrats' aim was to extend health coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans and control costs. Opponents have cast the mandate as an overreach of governmental authority.

JThe Globe's Affan Chowdhry and Chris Hannay will be joined by Melissa Haussman, a Carleton University political scientist who studies U.S. politics and health care. (Mobile users click here)

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Affan Chowdhry is the Globe's multimedia reporter specializing in foreign news. Prior to joining the Globe, he worked at the BBC World Service in London creating international news and current affairs programs and online content for a global audience. More

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Chris Hannay is assistant editor in The Globe's Ottawa bureau and author of the daily Politics newsletter. Previously, he was The Globe and Mail's digital politics editor, community editor for news and sports (working with social media and digital engagement) and a homepage editor. More


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